AirBridgeCargo exploring a dual-hub strategy

Russia-based all-cargo carrier AirBridgeCargo is seeking to further consolidate its European freighter operations with the establishment of a secondary hub in Western or Central Europe that would complement its existing Moscow Hub.  The carrier is reportedly in the process of evaluating thirteen airports across Western and Central Europe to determine their ability to add adequate […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 16, 2018

2018 starts with strong demand – what about Chinese New Year?

As we always point out at this time of year, air freight demand growth statistics for January must be treated with considerable skepticism. The variable timing of the Chinese New Year holiday can push traffic that would normally move in January to February, or vice versa. Therefore, it makes sense to wait for the February […]
  • David Harris
  • February 15, 2018

JD Logistics launches domestic rail freight pilot program

Yesterday we reported that JD.com, Inc. was selling a 19.6% share in its subsidiary JD Logistics, in a deal valued at US $2.5 billion. You can read about that here. In the post, we questioned if the new capital would enable JD to follow Amazon’s lead and build its own air network. Although a crystal […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 15, 2018

JD Logistics’ new multi-billion-dollar investors

Earlier today, Beijing-based e-commerce giant JD.com, Inc., announced it was selling a 19.6% stake in the logistics subsidiary it spun-out as a standalone company last April, in a deal valued at US$2.5 billion. Following US-based Amazon’s launch of an own-operated air freight network (operated by subsidiary carriers of ATSG and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc.), […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 14, 2018

The widebody freighter fleet — Part III

In Parts I and II of this analysis of the widebody jet freighter fleet as it stood at the end of January 2018, we have offered an overview of the entire fleet – which carriers are operating which freighters – and examined the ways in which the fleet has changed – both in the last […]
  • David Harris
  • February 14, 2018

The widebody freighter fleet — Part II

Yesterday, in Part I of this analysis of the widebody freighter fleet as it stood at the end of January 2018, we offered an overview of the entire fleet – which carriers are operating which freighters. We concluded Part I with a chart showing every airline that operates widebody jet freighters in commercial service, including […]
  • David Harris
  • February 13, 2018

The widebody freighter fleet: Growing again, but slowly

Today we begin a multi-part analysis of the worldwide fleet of widebody jet freighters in commercial service, as of 31 January, 2018. We start with a look at the entire fleet – which carriers are operating which freighters – and in the coming days will move on to the ways in which the fleet has […]
  • David Harris
  • February 12, 2018

Amazon edges closer to becoming an integrator

In recent years, Seattle-based e-tailer Amazon has doubled-down on the expansion of its supply chain and fulfillment infrastructure, launching a dedicated freighter network, and enlarging the reach of its own-operated last-mile delivery services to include some 37 US cities. Many in the air freight industry have long believed that it would only be a matter […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 9, 2018
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